BIOMECHANICAL STUDY OF STIRRUPS
The Sport-Contrôle study
Flex-on called on Sport-Contrôle, a recognized agency specializing in medical
and health assessment, to perform a study to find out whether using
the Flex-on stirrup could help to reduce rider fatigue.
Sport-Contrôle performed two specific tests:
Decreased joint fatigue / comfort throughkinematic analysis of 3 male riders and 3 different levels: beginner, intermediate and pro, and 1 intermediate level female rider.
Vibration absorption / comfort through the analysis of data provided by a combination of accelerometer worn by a rider while performing 5 different gaits (walk, trot, gallop, extended gallop and jumps).
Illustration of the rider's raw results with the Moven suit
Conclusion of the study
Whether through kinematic analysis or vibration analysis,Flex-on stirrups emerge as the most suitable for riding. They are generally the ones that best absorb vibrations in the different joints. They make it possible to reduce the burden of muscle work, either to help segmental alignment or force the rider to protect himself against vibrations..
The angle of the Flex-on stirrup tread also plays a role. The results suggest that the Flex-on design is technically relevant.
Marie DemonteDiscipline : Jumping - Pro
Permanent rider ranking : 10th national,
1st regional, 1st departmental
Points : 30 781
Personally, I have been riding with Flex-on stirrups for 2 years. I use the Flex-on Aluminium stirrup with the tilted tread. It really improves my leg tightness. When landing for example, my foot stays in position and I gain something, even if only half a second. I do not have to put my foot back in correctly every time."
Doctor Virginie Rosa
PhD in Sport Health and Society
R&D Director, Sport-Contrôle
The kinematic study demonstrated how Flex-on stirrups help with segment alignment and especially with posture. This explains the sensation of decreased fatigue felt by riders using these stirrups. Kinematic research during the Gallop test with a rider wearing accelerometers showed that Flex-on stirrups generate overall less acceleration on the different joints measured in comparison to the other stirrups tested: a low-end and a high-end stirrup. The research conducted for Flex-on provides an important contribution to our knowledge of stirrups and the impact on biomechanics, health and performance that stirrups can have during horse riding."